Dodgers send MLB series to a decider
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have beaten Washington 6-5 in game four of their National League Division Series to send the match-up to a deciding fifth game.
Chase Utley hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning off reliever Blake Treinen to put the Dodgers ahead, with game five in Washington on Thursday.
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3 and with four RBIs for the Nationals, who rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the score in the seventh before Utley drove home Andrew Toles.
Dodgers reliever Joe Blanton (1-0) struck out two in a scoreless 1-1/3 innings for the win. Closer Kenley Jansen also fanned two for the save.
Los Angeles held a 5-2 lead in the seventh when the Nationals loaded the bases with singles by Danny Espinosa and Trea Turner and a walk to Bryce Harper off Clayton Kershaw.
Manager Dave Roberts replaced Kershaw with Pedro Baez, who promptly hit Jayson Werth with his first pitch, cutting the Dodgers' margin to two runs before Murphy followed with a two-run single off Luis Avila.
Kershaw, who worked on three days' rest, struck out 11 but was charged with five runs on seven hits in 6-2/3 innings.
He threw 110 pitches (76 strikes), the most he delivered since returning on September 9 from a herniated disc in his back.
Washington starter Joe Ross, making his post-season debut, lasted just 2-2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Ross also hit two batters.